By Virginia Reed Murphy
This tragic tale of Virginia Reed?s trip west is instructed via her memoirs of the twelve-year-old woman, with supplementary bills in line with her father's letters and the diary of one other visitor. Given the delicate nature of facets of the adventure, younger readers will locate the heritage notes and explanatory reviews useful. Maps and various reproductions integrated.
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Reed begged for relief, but Pinkney told him that he could do little at the moment. Ever since the Californians had rebelled against Mexican rule, which had begun while the Donner party was on the trail, every American male in the area was busy driving the Mexicans out of California. Under these circumstances, Reed had but one alternative: to get the help of his countrymen he first had to help them. He then volunteered for a company of mounted riflemen. Fortunately, 47 a decisive battle was fought shortly after upon the Santa Clara plains, and Reed's unit returned to San Francisco, where it disbanded.
One day after we arrived here, Stanton led our teams and wagons toward the summit again. After an unsuccessful attempt to cross, we returned to the lake. It continued to snow on the mountains for eight days with little intermission. The remainder of the time here, up to this day, was clear and pleasant. Freezing at night. November 21 Twenty-two of our company are going to try to cross the mountain to get help, including Stanton and the Indians. November 22 No account from those on the mountains.
Provisions scarce. January 19 Thawing a little in the sun. Peggy and Edward sick last night. Landrum very low. In great danger if relief doesn't come soon. Hides are all the go [in demand], little else to eat in camp. January 20 Expecting some person across the mountain this week. January 21 Denton came this morning with Eliza. She won't eat hides. Mrs. Reed sent her back to live or die on them. January 26 Cleared up yesterday. Today fine and pleasant. In hopes we are done with snowstorms. Those who went to Sutter's not yet returned.
Across the Plains in the Donner Party by Virginia Reed Murphy